Nigerian Players watch: Olayinka scores, Balogun, Ebuehi record contrasting results


Nigerian forward Peter Olayinka scored the first goal for Belgian club Zulte-Waregem, in a 2-2 home draw against Kortrijk.

Olanyika stayed on for the whole 90 minutes of the entertaining encounter.

Earlier on Saturday, Belgian table toppers Club Brugge were without Denis Bonaventure in their 1-2 loss away to Royal Excel Mouscron who started with former Nigerian Under-20 striker Taiwo Awoniyi on loan from Liverpool.

Awoniyi was subbed off in the 60th minute while his team led 2-1, but he was not amongst the goals.

In Germany, Super Eagle defence lynchpin Leon Balogun carried his solid international form into Mainz 05 3-1 win over Bayern Leverkusen. Balogun played the entirety of the match in which Yoshinori Muto, Diallo and Serdar all scored to cancel out Dominic Kohr’s goal for Leverkusen.

Still in Germany, Wolfsburg did not include former Nigerian U-17 world cup goal king Victor Osimhen in the matchday squad that drew 1-1 at home to Hannover 96.

German born defender with Nigerian heritage Felix Uduokhai lasted the entire 90 minutes for Wolfsburg.

In the Netherlands, Nigerian right back Tyrone Ebuehi was surprisingly subbed off in the first minute of the second half as his team ADO Den Haag defeated Willem II FC 2-1 away from home.

In Turkey, Imoh Ezekiel started for Konyaspor as they lost 0-2 at home to Alanyaspor. Ezekiel was booked in the 27th minute of the game.

Ezekiel’s Nigerian teammate Patrick Eze came in as a 74th minute substitute but could do little to alter the result of the match.

Super Eagles left back Elderson Echiejile was subbed off in the 46th minute of Sivasspor’s 0-2 loss at home to  Kayserispor.

Finally in Isreal where Nigerian duo of Anthony Nwakeme and John Ogu helped Isreali league  Champions Hapoel Be’er Sheva to a late 1-0 win over Hapoel Ashkelon.

The win was the first victory for Be’er Sheva after 3 three games in which they had lost one and drawn the other of their previous matches.


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